The final day of our three-day workshop was quickly upon us. The aim of the day was to firm up the plans for progressing the two interventions in Nairobi and Kampala over the coming months. However, we first took a step back from intricate planning and took time to get to know each other (and our respective skill sets) better. While I felt like I already had a certain idea of what everyone’s interest areas were, it was great to take time to hear more about people’s work and the creative methods they were already using. This ranged from sculpture to digital art and from mapping sensor data to animation. Everyone was happy to share and see where their skills might compliment another’s. It struck me that many of the other participants were focused on communication – raising awareness of a variety of issues often targeted at the two ‘extremes’ of policy-makers or the general public. This made me question our role in communicating to these groups.
We are collecting such rich stories within some of our projects, and I’ve certainly learnt a huge amount about the needs of different user groups, but often we don’t communicate and disseminate these beyond our immediate professional peers (at conferences) or back to project funders (who probably already have a certain level of awareness).
I’m going to take these through to back to Edinburgh with me and consider what our wider communication role and methods could be. Watch this space!